Oklahoma State football: ESPNU announcers critical of Cowboys' late-game play-calling

by Mel Bracht Published: January 1, 2013

“Part of his problem is how he's performed in practice. He's a gamer. That's a positive. But when you only play hard once a week, it's hard to get you out there.

If he plays so well in games, you might wonder if he needs to practice that hard.”

After Chelf's second touchdown pass of the game, a 7-yard toss to Blake Jackson, Stinchcomb said, “Twice now we've seen him really put it into a tight window, throwing over coverage.”

He called freshman Josh Stewart, who caught five passes for 56 yards and returned a punt 64 yards, the Big 12's best returning receiver next season.


* Purdue dropped numerous passes, prompting studio analyst Dan Hawkins, a former Colorado coach, to poke fun at the Boilermakers at halftime. “It looked like Purdue was trying to catch rattlesnakes throwing the ball.”

* In a booth interview in the third quarter, the announcers grilled new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell on why he decided to coach Kent State in its bowl game Jan. 6 against Arkansas State. Hazell noted the tightness with his players and the fact the Golden Flashes hadn't been to a bowl in 40 years.

Asked about Purdue's dismal performance, Hazell said, “Too many turnovers and missed opportunities. When you're playing a good football team like Oklahoma State, it's hard.”

* ESPNU cameras caught NFL standouts Dez Bryant (OSU) and Drew Brees (Purdue) smiling on their team's sidelines.

* The broadcast offered few crowd shots and no panoramic shots, an indication of the poor turnout (listed as 48,313) at the Cotton Bowl.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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